Care homes don’t have the best of reputations. If one or both of your parents has recently found out that they need to move into one, they probably aren’t looking forward to it. As their child, you’ll undoubtedly want to do everything you can to ease the moving process for them so they can get the best care available.
There are lots of things to can do to make them feel more comfortable in their new home, include the following:
1) Reassure them
Before you even start helping them to find a suitable care home, you should reassure them of their impending move. Care homes don’t have to be scary places, and one of the main reasons why people dislike them is because of the stigma attached to them. There are many positives concerning care homes though.
For instance, when staying at a care home, your parents will be able to receive top quality care. They won’t have to rely on family members any more, which may be something they haven’t enjoyed doing for some time now.
They’ll also be able to enjoy their own space and won’t have to worry about doing any household chores, which can get difficult in older age. Your parents will also be able to socialise with people their own age, so if they’ve been feeling lonely recently this could be a great opportunity to meet new people.
2) Give them a choice
Moving your parents into a care home without consulting them beforehand is incredibly rude. Your parents deserve the right to choose their own care home – they’re the ones that will have to live there, so it makes sense to ensure they like it first.
If your parents are up to the task, visit various care homes with them to take tours and find out whether they would be suitable. This can help them to come around to the idea of living in a care home as well, so it can all be part of the important moving process.
3) Ease the financial burden
Many people worry about the cost of living in a care home, as a year in a care home could cost up to £36,000. Unless your parents have managed to save towards their retirement, they may not be able to afford this.
You can apply for funding from the government on their behalf as part of the NHSContinuing Care scheme if they have an on-going medical condition for which they require care. If approved, the full cost of their care can be covered, so they needn’t worry about dipping into their savings.
4) Visit often
Once your parents have moved into a care home, make sure you visit them often. However, you should call ahead to ask when they’re free – just turning up unannounced would be like arriving on their doorstep at home. Show some respect by asking them when they’d like you to visit, and never see visiting them as a chore.
Moving your parents into a care home can be a big step, and some older people can become quite distressed about the prospect. With your help though, they’ll be able to move without the worries that many others face.
This article was written by Aurora Johnson on behalf of Cheselden, an NHS Continuing Care review specialist. Cheselden works on behalf of those that have been inaccurately denied funding and those that have been eligible for funding but have never applied.
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